No State Park Free Fishing And Entry Day In Neb, But SD Weekend Still On


LINCOLN – Memorial Day is next weekend and tomorrow would traditionally be the Nebraska Game and Parks Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, but the Game and Parks Commission postponed it indefinitely because of coronavirus limits.

The commission also cancelled all agency-sponsored activities through May 31 to prevent large gatherings of people, which means the usual Memorial Day weekend season-opening events at the various state parks and other sites are also cancelled.

Those areas are currently open for day-use, fishing and recreation but with recommendations to limit travel as much as possible, practice social distancing at least 6 feet between others, avoid crowded areas. and adhere to the 10-person limit rule.

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks is, on the other hand, going ahead with its Open House and Free Fishing Weekend today through Sunday. The promotion grants free park entrance and free fishing statewide for both residents and nonresidents although fishing rules and camping fees still apply.

While the customary park programming is still on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will be offering online fun through both Game, Fish, and Parks and specific park social media channels.